Fundacion Calicanto has recently decided to merge the CONEXION project into the two parent projects CAPTA and ENLACES. Conexion was originally formed after realizing the need to provide follow up educational activities to our beneficiaries and their extended families. We have taken this to heart and thus decided to merge this initiative and officially make it part of the existing projects.
We believe that this will help our donors and followers recognize that follow up services are priorities that need to be included within the main projects.
I would personally like to thank you because from the very beginning you saw the importance of providing follow up services to our beneficiaries, you helped us get this initiative off the ground and made it possible for us to see that including these services within the main projects was necessary. Now, I encourage you to continue to follow us through CAPTA and ENLACES.
CAPTA changes women's lives by providing basic life skills; higher self-esteem and technical job training that helps them find employment and lift out of poverty.
ENLACES works with children in social risk, using contemporary dance as a tool for change; along with theater and art workshops, academic tutoring, and psychological support.
Please continue to support our work through these two projects and thank you again for supporting our initiatives.
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Last May, six of our kids were chosen to represent Enlaces’ talent in the open audition for Hansel & Gretel, a contemporary dance and theatre approach to the Grimm’s Brothers classic, directed by the internationally recognized Fernando Hurtado and produced by Momentum, one of Panama’s most successful dance companies.
Three of our kids were casted between approximately 110 of the best professional and pre-professional dancers who auditioned for this performance. Rehearsals will begin on July 15th and the show will run the last week of August. This is a great opportunity for our kids to show their talent and to feel the magic of performing for an audience in a professional context.
"My name is Celica Williams and it is a great pleasure for me to speak on behalf of my colleagues.
I want to tell you a little about my story and how CAPTA changed my life. I come from Bocas del Toro (indigenous province in Panama about 8 hours away from the city). During a visit to my cousin Edefina who lives in the city and spoke to me about a course that she was enrolling in and wanted me to join. I was afraid to join the course because I've never been away from my family for a long period of time.
My mother is a housewife and my dad is in a wheelchair due to a work accident he had a few years ago; we live off his pension. My seven year old daughter and my husband also live in the same house. I only completed sixth grade, my parents had no money to pay for school and it was also very far.
CAPTA was a challenge because I had to leave my daugher and husband in Bocas del Toro but I decided to leave and just asked God to take care of them.
I want to thank my cousin Edefina, who has given me strength. She encouraged me to take this opportunity for myself and my daughter. Edefina opened the doors to her home and has treated me very well. I sleep on the floor, because we live in a very small room, but I'm doing this for a better future.
Before coming to the course my dad told me, "Daughter take care of yourself, I never thought you would leave, I don’t understand why you are leaving but please be safe.” I told a neighbor about this program CAPTA and said, “don’t go, you are not prepared and will not make it through the program.” But guess what?
Now they know what I've accomplished, three women I know want to come to Panama City for this program. I am proud.
CAPTA changed me. I used to be very nervous shy. I didn’t have any work experience and I never wore make-up. I am different now; and I have more confidence because of this course.
I want to thank everyone at Fundacion Calicanto, especially Dr. Celia because she taught me to value myself.
Fundacion Calicanto: thanks for the opportunity, I never thought I’d get an opportunity like this and now I feel like I can find employment and fulfill my goals.
Classmates: remember going forward with everything they have taught us, it was not an easy journey so you must do well and achieve your goals.
The guests and donors that support CAPTA, thank you because you give women the opportunity to be independent and empowerd.